Scholarships

Procedures for Department of Music Scholarship1 Applications

 

FOR STUDENTS:

  • NEW FOR 2019-20– All scholarship applications must be submitted via Academic Works/Blackbaud. 
  • Click HERE to access the Academic Works/Blackbaud site for scholarship applications
  • Your application may require uploading documents to Blackbaud such as a) unofficial transcript, b) narrative statements, c) program copy, d) resume etc…
  • Competition recitals require submission of print-ready program information (singers must include translations). Your applied teacher must approve the print-ready recital program information before you submit your competition application.  Be sure to proofread your information carefully.  A Sample Translation example may be found HERE.
  • Competitions require published scores. Plan ahead to make sure you have these well before the competition day.  If your pieces are in the public domain, you must submit bound scores from IMSLP.  A Program Template may be found HERE
  • If you need help writing your supportive statement(s), please see a member of the scholarship committee or talk to a faculty member who can assist you.
  • Promote yourself and your accomplishments as a performer, scholar, or future educator, sharing as many details as you think are relevant. Assume the committee members are not aware of your accomplishments.  Thus, advocate for yourself by articulating clearly your qualifications for the scholarship(s).  

Department of Music Scholarship Committee 2019-20

Prof.  Phillip Collister-Murray, Department Chairperson & Co-Chair of Committee –  
Prof.   Laura Hicken – Co-Chair of Committee  
Prof.   Jason Rigby –  
Prof.   Christopher Dillon –  
Prof.   Min Jin –    

 1 - Scholarships for matriculated and current music majors in good standing.

FOR FACULTY:

  • NEW for 2019-20 – All scholarship applications by students must be completed using Academic Works/Blackbaud. 
  • Request for faculty recommendations for an applicant will come to you via an e-mail request and link to the Blackbaud site where you can upload or enter your recommendation. 
  • Click HERE to submit the department nomination form along with letters of recommendation that mention the specific scholarship by name. This is especially important for scholarships that are decided upon outside of the Department of Music.  It is fine to use the same letter for different scholarships but tailoring the letter towards a specific scholarship helps your recommended student in the end.

Available Scholarships

  • The listed scholarships are administered through the Towson University Foundation and are divided into five categories
  • Review each category to identify which scholarships may apply to you
  • The Blackbaud/Academic Works website will assist in identifying your qualification status
  • All scholarships require a minimum GPA of 3.0 unless otherwise articulated
  • Scholarship recipients are required to attend a scholar’s luncheon during the Spring semester and to communicate their gratitude in the form of a letter to the donor(s)

Category 1:  Student Self-Nominated Scholarships or with Faculty sponsorship/approval

Ben O’Brien Scholarship – Fall Selection (awarded Spring semester)

  • The Music Education faculty makes recommendation to the Scholarship Committee.  
  • Music Education majors
  • Based on financial need
  • Requires a special application

Franklin and Alice Cooley Scholarship - Spring Selection (awarded Fall semester)

  • Award years vary, amounts vary
  • Recommendation made by the Scholarship Committee to the COFAC Dean
  • One student from each COFAC department
  • Requires faculty sponsorship
  • Faculty may nominate students for this award

John H. Kelbaugh Scholarship - Spring Selection (awarded Fall semester)

  • Award years vary, amounts vary  
  • Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Based on merit, but need may also be considered

McConnell- Brungardt Scholarship – Spring Selection (awarded Fall semester)

  • Awarded annually
  • Recommendation made by the Scholarship Committee to the COFAC Dean
  • Must be in good standing with the Music Department

Three Arts Club of Homeland AwardSpring Selection (awarded Fall semester)

  • Awards vary but usually $200.00
  • Talent based
  • Awardee may be required to perform a 30-40 minute recital at the Three Arts Club of Homeland
  • Must have approval of applied faculty member

Category 2:  Scholarships requiring an audition or performance competition

  • All of these scholarships [competitions/auditioned category] require the approval of the student’s applied instructor(s)
  • Students may self-nominate for these scholarships unless otherwise indicated  

Cecylia B. Barczyk Cello Endowment Fund – Spring Selection (awarded Fall semester)

  • Awarded annually, amounts vary
  • Selection based on outstanding or emergent talent in cello performance
  • The International Friends of the Cello Association may recommend actual or prospective TU students for the award
  • Student submits an application and audition either in person or via video

C. James Velie Memorial Scholarship in Music Education – Spring Selection (awarded Fall semester)

  •  Full-time sophomore, junior, or senior
  • Music education major
  • Requires two music faculty recommendations
  • Applicant must upload a formatted program of repertoire selections using a Department program template
  • Requires audition and interview by selection committee

Department of Music Cello Scholarship – Spring Selection (awarded Fall semester)

  • Amount varies
  • Recommended by faculty members of the String Area within the Instrumental Applied Division
  • Audition required
  • Undergraduate or graduate
  • Display outstanding cello performance talent

Henry Sanborn Music Scholarship – Spring Selection (awarded Fall semester)

  • Amount varies
  • Audition required
  • Awarded to one music major in voice and one music major in piano
  • May be awarded to undergraduate or graduate students
  • Applicant must upload a formatted program of repertoire selections using a Department program template
  • Winners perform in public recital
  • Award may be renewable

James L. Dunbar Jr. Memorial Scholarship– Fall Selection (awarded Spring semester)

  • Awarded annually, amounts vary
  • open to non-traditional (25+ years of age) undergraduate music majors
  • Applicant must upload a formatted program of repertoire selections using a Department program template
  • Selection is made by audition
  • Student submits an essay of approximately 500 words defining their future goals and how the degree will assist them in achieving those goals

The Kenton Scholarship – Fall Selection (awarded Spring semester)

  • Awarded annually, amounts vary
  • Jazz/Commercial student
  • Several scholarships may be awarded
  • Audition required and based on talent
  • Need is also considered

Peggy Friedmann-Gordon Music Competition – Fall Selection (awarded Spring semester)

  • Annually each Fall, 1st prize - $1000, 2nd prize - $650, 3rd prize - $350
  • Fund to support a classical music competition with three awards – first, second, third place
  • Supported by an annual gift from the Peggy & Yale Gordon Charitable Trust
  • Full-time undergraduate music major currently enrolled in applied lessons
  • Applicants must be sponsored by a faculty member
  • Preceding years’ first place winners in the Friedmann Gordon or the Lieberman Music Competition are noteligible to participate
  • Applicant must upload a formatted program of repertoire selections using a Department program template
  • Contestants shall be selected through auditions
  • Competition based on musicality, technique, interpretation, stage presence, style and execution
  • Published scores required at the audition. Failure to have published scores results in disqualification

Reynaldo Reyes Piano Endowed Scholarship – Spring Selection (awarded Fall semester)

  • Awarded annually, amounts vary
  • Open to undergraduate or graduate piano students majoring in performance or music education
  • Audition required in person or audio/video submissions
  • Applicant must upload a formatted program of repertoire selections using a Department program template
  • Award based upon performance merit

Sidney Lieberman Music Competition Fund – Spring Selection (awarded Fall semester)

  • Annually each spring, amounts may vary but usually 1st prize - $1000, 2nd prize - $500.
  • Open to both undergraduate and graduate music majors
  • Applicant must upload a formatted program of repertoire selections using a Department program template
  • Competitive audition required
  • Students must have a minimum of 25 minutes of music prepared at the audition
  • Published scores required at the audition. Failure to have published scores results in disqualification  

Sylvia & Irving H. Cohen Scholarship – Spring Selection (awarded Fall semester)

  • Awarded annually, amounts vary
  • Applicant must upload a formatted program of repertoire selections using a Department program template 
  • Awards based on talent and by audition
  • Demonstrated financial need as defined by the Financial Aid Officer

Talent Award Competition Spring Selection (awarded Spring semester)

  • Awarded annually during Spring semester, amounts vary but usually $150.00 per winner
  • Open to undergraduate or graduate students in good standing within the Department excluding the preceding first or second place winners in the Friedmann-Gordon or the Lieberman competition, and the preceding year’s winners of the Talent Award
  • One student from each of the following areas of the Department of Music:
  • Keyboard
  • Strings
  • Woodwinds
  • Brass
  • Percussion
  • Voice
  • Guitar
  • Jazz/Commercial
  • Composition
  • Music History and Culture
  • The Carl B. Schmidt outstanding paper award
  • Music Theory
  • Music Education
  • Winners are presented in an annual all-department convocation concert

Category 3: Faculty Nominated Scholarships

  • Students do not self-nominate for these scholarships
  • Students may request to be considered for nomination to a Department of Music faculty member
  • Faculty members make written recommendations to the Scholarship Committee who recommend the awards

College of Fine Arts and Communication General Scholarship – Spring Selection (awarded Fall semester)

  • Award years vary, amounts vary
  • Based on need and merit
  • Enrolled in the College of Fine Arts and Communication

Ira. J. and Mary K. Basler Scholarship – Spring Selection (awarded Fall semester)

  • Nominated by any member of the Department of Music faculty
  • Based on need and merit
  • Enrolled in the College of Fine Arts and Communication

Jack F. Tolbert Memorial Scholarship – Spring Selection (awarded Fall semester)

  • Award years vary, amounts vary
  • Rotates between various Departments within COFAC
  • Full-time junior or senior music major
  • Based on merit as well as talent

Mary Pat Hughes Scholarship - Spring Selection (awarded Fall semester)

  • Award years vary, amounts vary
  • Must be a junior music major
  • Minimum cumulative GPA 2.5

Origine Huss Scholarship – Fall Selection (awarded Spring semester)

  • Nominated by any member of the Department of Music faculty.
  • Full-time undergraduate student
  • Music Education Major
  • Must be entering junior year
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.4
  • Renewable for a second year upon maintaining 3.4 GPA and continuance as a major in the music education program

Patrick J. Kisicki Scholarship – Fall Selection (awarded Spring semester)

  • Nominated by any member of the Department of Music faculty.
  • Full-time undergraduate student
  • Music Education Major
  • Guitar performance concentration

Paul Andrew Ferguson Memorial Scholarship – Spring Selection (awarded Fall semester)

  • Awarded annually, amounts vary
  • Nominated by faculty members of the Voice Division
  • Full-time undergraduate student in good standing at Towson University
  • Music major enrolled in the Voice Division of the Department of Music
  • Demonstrated financial need as defined by the Financial Aid Officer
  • At least one recommendation from a Department of Music faculty member
  • Essay addressing personal contributions to the Department and career aspirations
  • Non-renewable

Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award – Spring Selection (awarded Spring semester)

  • Awarded annually in the amount of $4000.00
  • Nominated by any member of the Department of Music faculty who recommend the student anonymously
  • Music major
  • Must be at or after the end of his/her junior year
  • Recommendation from Faculty for student excellence and merit
  • Student may notsolicit a nomination for this award
  • Awardee will be designated the “Presser Scholar”

Category 4:  Recruitment and Retention Scholarships

C. May Diekmann Music Scholarship – Fall Selection (awarded Spring semester)

  • awarded annually, amounts vary
  • The Department Chairperson in consultation with faculty and/or the Scholarship Committee makes the recommendation for this scholarship
  • Primary purpose for recruitment and retention of an oboe player with the expectation that the recipient will perform in the Symphonic Band and TU Symphony Orchestra
  • Maintain a minimum Music GPA of 3.0. and 2.5 cumulative GPA or incoming freshman GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • May be awarded to another instrument if no oboe
  • May be given to more than one student

Steven Lane Music Scholarship – Fall Selection (awarded Spring semester)

  • May be awarded annually, amounts vary
  • The Department Chairperson in consultation with faculty and/or the Scholarship Committee makes the recommendation for this scholarship
  • Full-time undergraduate students enrolled in the Department of Music
  • Music performance major
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. (or high school GPA for incoming freshman)
  • Outstanding musician who displays versatility within different dimensions of music performance and exhibits extraordinary talent and promise
  • May be awarded to more than one student
  • Renewable based on annual review and discretion of the Program Director

Department of Music General Scholarship – Fall and/or Spring Selections

  • Award years vary, amounts vary
  • The Department Chairperson in consultation with the Scholarship Committee makes the recommendation for this scholarship  
  • Based on need and merit
  • Music major

The Music Dept. Scholarship Endowment – Fall and/or Spring Selections

  • Award years vary, amounts vary
  • The Department Chairperson in consultation with the Scholarship Committee makes the recommendation for this scholarship
  • Must be a music major
  • Audition required
  • Based on merit, need may be considered

Category 5:  Scholarships awarded through the COFAC Dean’s Office

  • These scholarships rotate between various departments within COFAC or may be offered annually
  • Some scholarships are competitive between all COFAC Departments
  • Students may self-nominate for these awards unless otherwise noted
  • Students may seek faculty nomination or sponsorship for these awards unless otherwise noted

Alexander E. Sidorowicz Scholarship – Spring Selection (awarded Fall semester)

  • Award rotates between COFAC Departments, amounts vary
  • Recommendation made by the Scholarship Committee to the COFAC Dean
  • Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Non-renewable

Beulah M. Price Scholarship – Spring Selection (awarded Fall semester)

  • Awarded annually, amounts vary
  • Competitive award between all COFAC Departments
  • Only one nominee from Department of Music is sent forward to the Dean as a semi-finalist.
  • Recommendation made by the Scholarship Committee to the COFAC Dean
  • Each Division of the Department of Music recommends one student to the Scholarship Committee
  • Students may self-nominate or seek faculty nomination
  • Faculty may nominate students
  • Based on merit, though need may be considered
  • COFAC gives fullest consideration to those students who also demonstrate extraordinary accomplishment, impact, and promise beyond the Department level
  • Department nominee will be required to produce a portfolio
  • Application must be accompanied by faculty letters of recommendation